Saturday, February 9

January 2013 Wrap-Up!

January is over already? Really? Where did it go? It's been a fast month, with a lot going on, but I still managed to get a lot of books read, more books followed me home, and I started to get geared up for Canada Reads, which is just around the corner. Which I'm looking forward to. I'll have to avoid twitter during my breaks during the week it's on, so I'm not spoiled about who is cut and who wins during the debates.


The Books 

This was a pretty good month for me for reading, and it started out great with the first book I read of the year. I did read a lot of books that just hit the mark for me, but the books that I enjoyed the most made up for that. My favourite books were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and February. But both Away and Whitehorn Woods deserve a mention too. My least favourite books were On Chesil Beach and The City & the City.


1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon - 10/10
2. Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy - 8/10
3. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe - 7.25/10
5. The Beginning of Spring - Penelope Fitzgerald - 7.25/10
6. The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny - 6/10
6. Away - Jane Urquhart - 9/10
7. February - Lisa Moore - 9.75/10
8. The Purchase - Linda Spalding - 6/10
9. Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese - 6/10
11. The City & the city - China MiƩville - 5/10
12. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan - 3/10
12. Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf - 7.25/10
13. Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey - 6/10
14. Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan - 7.25/10


The Challenges

One month down, 11 to go and I'm doing quite nicely on my challenges. So far I don't see any problems with them either. I'm also participating in the 50 Book Pledge, Reading Book Bingo Challenges. The Book Reading Bingo is something I've jumped on with some of the people I've been chatting to on LibraryThing from other challenges, and it's more of an unofficial challenge for me, but it's been fun. Check it out Here - Book Bingo Challenge for the official challenge page, and click here if you want some support from some fellow book readers. For the 50 book pledge click here!

1. 100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 14/100 - 14%
2. 2013 Category Challenge - 14/131 - 11%
3. 777 Challenge - 1/7 - 14%
4. Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 12/52 - 23%
5. E-Book Challenge 2013 - 6/50 - 12%
6. Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 0/4 (Series), 0/7 (Books) - 0%
7. Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 2/10 - 20%
8. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 1/12 - 8%
9. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 9/75 - 12%
10. Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge 2013 - 1/5 - 20%
11. New Author Challenge 2013 - 8/50 - 16%
12. Read-A-Latte Challenge 2013 - 13/75 - 17%
13. Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 0/5 - 0%
14. War Through the Generations Challenge 2013 (American Revolutionary War) - 0/3 - 0%
15. 50 Book Pledge - 14/100 - 14%


Countries Visited

This month through my reading journeys, I managed to visit: Canada, England, Ireland, Nigeria, Russia, USA




Create your own travel map - TravBuddy


Books That Followed Me Home
To be fair, it was my birthday this month!





Erase Me - Positron: Episode 3 - Margaret Atwood (EBook)
In Other Worlds - SF and the Human Imagination - Margaret Atwood
The Age of Hope - David Bergen (EBook)
True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey
The Fort - Bernard Cornwell (EBook)
Sweetness in the Belly - Camilla Gibb
The Clockmaker - Or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (EBook)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
Sophia's Secret - Susanna Kearsley (EBook)
Two Solitudes - Hugh M(EBook)acLennan (EBook)
February - Lisa Moore (EBook)
Friend of My Youth - Alice Munro
Wild Geese - Martha Ostenso (EBook)
Moebius Squared (SG-1 22) Melissa Scott (EBook)
Larry's Party - Carol Shields
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (Leatherbound)
Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese (EBook)


2 comments:

  1. My god you read a lot. I know we all do, but really, where do you find the time? If i read 2 books a week i feel i'm doing well.

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    1. I read during my commute to and from work and during my lunch, which gives me a good 1.5 hours of reading. And most of my spare time is devoted to reading.

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